VIRTUAL EVENT | 1 Mar 2021 | The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria (University of Pittsburgh)
The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria
Dr. Robin Phylisia Chapdelaine
Monday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST
Critical Research on Africa
African Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh
In Dr. Chapdelaine’s new book, The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria, she ponders how can a child’s value be understood in economic contexts where children are items of exchange? She expresses how crucial it is that scholars and humanitarians recognize that slavery, in all its various forms, has evolved over time. The movement of bodies and the use of labor has always depended on immediate economic, social, and political circumstances, as well as the reiteration and application of force and control. It is only in this nuanced manner that we can truly understand the persistence of slavery as it relates to child trafficking in Southeastern Nigeria today.